September 11, 2007

Prince may turn to Patterson at LB

With Kansas State linebacker Antwon Moore out for the season with a knee injury, the search for a replacement is officially under way. Currently, a replacement has not been named for Moore's pass-rushing duties, but many feel it will be junior Chris Patterson who will be chosen to fill the void.

Patterson has seen limited action during his first season as a Wildcat, but because of the injury to Moore the 6-foot-3 junior college transfer will likely see an increase in playing time from this point forward.

"We wanted to get him in the game more, Even if Antwon wasn't missing, he would see more time," said K-State head coach Ron Prince. "Now, him seeing more time might be the unintended consequence, but that was something we wanted to do all along."

Prince may contend that getting Patterson more playing time has been the his goal all along, but his hand was slightly forced when Moore was helped off the field during the first quarter of the Wildcats' game against San Jose State on Saturday. Though a move to the other side of the field would certainly mean more playing time for touted Patterson, the first-year Wildcat says he isn't exactly thrilled with the current circumstances.

"I'm not looking to replace him," Patterson said. "If they call my name, than that's fine. Right now I'm just sad to see one of my teammates go down."

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